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    Extreme Iceland's packages might be worth a look to you: https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/packages/3-4-5-day-tours

    ...but Iceland isn't exactly a cheap package destination.

    Alternatively, if you are up for self-driving and booking Airbnbs or guesthouses, basically DIYing it as opposed to hiring a tour operator, this would be the cheapest option.

    5 days is a decent amount of time to take a tour of the south coast, the Golden Circle and a night or 2 in Reykjavik.


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    Camping is probably the best way to do it on the cheap. Not sure how the weather is in April though; might end up getting lashed out of it putting tents up


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    cdeb wrote: »
    Camping is probably the best way to do it on the cheap. Not sure how the weather is in April though; might end up getting lashed out of it putting tents up

    Unless OP is a very experienced outdoors person or camper, I wouldn't recommend tent camping in Iceland in April. As well as the weather still fluctuating wildly, the average low temperature for April is 1° C. Many campsites are still closed until June 1st.

    In the Summer months, tent camping would be a great, cheaper way to see Iceland no doubt.


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    Was there in April. Camping isn't on the to do list.

    Hire a 4*4 and self drive. Its a great trip but cheap and Iceland don't go together.

    If you have to ask how much then you can't afford it.

    Average main course 25-30 euro a head if doing cheap.

    There is an Iceland mega thread here somewhere.


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    Cheers guys for the responses,ya I actually don't mind camping and trekking,I just think it's easier to give the camping a skip because of the April timeline,doesn't mean I will rule it out in future tho. Any ideas what taxi price roughly they charge for a 10 min trip anywhere? Do they use the plugs that we use in Ireland?


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    Darksoul wrote: »
    Cheers guys for the responses,ya I actually don't mind camping and trekking,I just think it's easier to give the camping a skip because of the April timeline,doesn't mean I will rule it out in future tho. Any ideas what taxi price roughly they charge for a 10 min trip anywhere? Do they use the plugs that we use in Ireland?

    I've never had to take a taxi while over there, but I'm lead to believe that they are quite expensive. From a quick search online, it could cost the equivalent of €20 euro to travel 2kms within the city, and about €35 to travel 8kms within the city. I worked this out from the info on this page.

    The airport you'll fly into, Keflavik, is about 45 kilometers from Reykjavik city. People who don't rent a vehicle at the airport generally get the Fly Bus from the airport to Reykjavik centre. It's reportedly a good service, and considerably cheaper than a taxi.

    As for plugs, they use the standard EU connection, which is NOT what we use in Ireland. You will need one of these, but if you have been to places like Germany, France or Netherlands before, you might have one of these already.

    There is an Iceland megathread in this forum. Even just flicking through the last few pages of it might help you further.


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    Do not get Taxis in Iceland. Bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik will be far cheaper, and they drop off at all the main hotels / hostels.

    Reykjavik itself is walkable for the areas you'll want to go - with a decent bus service covering the further distances, so unless you are lazy there shouldn't be a need for taxis, unless you want to spend lots of money :)

    Avoid the package holidays as you'll most likely be able to do it yourself for cheaper / more control.

    To explore the Island (which you should) - rent a car.


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    Airport to keflavik town cost me 30 e. It was a 10 minute trip


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    RIP cheap trips to Iceland when Wizzair went bust.

    The state owned Iceland Air is a rip off.


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    Fireball81 wrote: »
    RIP cheap trips to Iceland when Wizzair went bust.

    The state owned Iceland Air is a rip off.

    A bit off topic, but Wizzair is a Hungarian airline and is still operating. I think you meant Wow air, which unfortunately is gone.


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    Mike3549 wrote: »
    A bit off topic, but Wizzair is a Hungarian airline and is still operating. I think you meant Wow air, which unfortunately is gone.

    Sorry you are correct, that's what I meant.


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    Darksoul wrote: »
    Basically anyone know of any good package deals going and what trips are worth doing? Myself and a friend heading for 5 days,as you know it's a expensive country so once off,and plan to do stuff on the cheap.

    The only thing I can see at the cheapest is groupon.ie if anyone else has any other sites let me know thanks.

    I found mountaineers of Iceland brilliant


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    Fireball81 wrote: »
    RIP cheap trips to Iceland when Wizzair went bust.

    The state owned Iceland Air is a rip off.
    In fairness, it can hardly be a rip-off if all it's doing is paying its bills, which WowAir couldn't.


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    I've had two return trips with Icelandair so far and really haven't got any complaints about them. I will say though that I think competition on the DUB-KEF route is only a good thing for us consumers.

    When Wowair went bust almost a year ago, at the time I was price-watching flights for our second trip to Iceland for September 2019. The day before Wowair stopped operating, flights on Icelandair were €450 return for the pair of us. The day after Wowair went bust, those same flights had gone up to €850 return for the pair of us.

    That was in the immediate aftermath of Wowair's collapse though. A month later, we managed to purchase those same flights with Icelandair for €525. Things settled out and Icelandair aren't exactly gouging customers.

    Now I'm planning our third trip and the flights I'm watching are currently at €440 return for the pair of us. I'm probably going to book those and that will mean over our 3 trips with Icelandair, flights cost the following...

    2018: €425
    2019: €525
    2020: €440

    As you can see, the cheapest year was 2018 when Wowair was operating and there were two different airlines operating a DUB-KEF route, but there is only a range of €100 between prices. Also, all these Icelandair prices include 23Kg of luggage per person and a few other frills, it isn't the cheapest ticket on offer.

    Competition is good, but Wowair's business model was poor on a few levels. Never mind the sustainability of the airline, but pushing low cost flights to one of the world's most expensive countries? That's a joke. I've read so many depressing stories from people who jumped at the chance to get to Iceland with cheap flights, but couldn't afford to do anything once they got there. I've heard and read stories from Icelandic natives about broke tourists showing up on their doorsteps and farms expecting salvation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly Jeff Bezos myself, but I wouldn't set foot in a country just because the flights were cheap and I wanted to get there.

    Presently there are business people and former employees of Wowair trying* to forge a new airline out of the ashes of Wowair. If there is to be competition, it'll have to be a lot more sensible than that previous failed venture.

    *They've been teasing it on social media and there have been a few statements, but the best is 'coming soon' and there doesn't seem to be much substance.


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    Have people looked at flying via Edinburgh? Return it cost us £180.94 for 2 and flights between Edinburgh and Dublin are normally pretty cheap.


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    Stu Redman wrote: »
    When Wowair went bust almost a year ago, at the time I was price-watching flights for our second trip to Iceland for September 2019. The day before Wowair stopped operating, flights on Icelandair were €450 return for the pair of us. The day after Wowair went bust, those same flights had gone up to €850 return for the pair of us.
    Really good post in fairness.

    Don't airlines have algorithms built into their websites to increase cost at times of high demand? I wonder did WowAir going bust spark a lot of people to start looking at IcelandAir, and caused the algorithms to go a bit haywire?


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    jimmii wrote: »
    Have people looked at flying via Edinburgh? Return it cost us £180.94 for 2 and flights between Edinburgh and Dublin are normally pretty cheap.

    I always look at flying to anywhere fom the UK if it's mad expensive from here. A flight to the UK can be picked up cheaply and the connectivity to somewhere like London is excellent. You can get the times to match up well.
    The savings can make it worthwhile


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    I always look at flying to anywhere fom the UK if it's mad expensive from here. A flight to the UK can be picked up cheaply and the connectivity to somewhere like London is excellent. You can get the times to match up well.
    The savings can make it worthwhile

    Yeah for sure. With the timings of our flights to keflavik would have meant very little waiting around time. Only thing I would say is if you have weather issues don't expect to hear from EasyJet we were stuck at Keflavic for 18 hours and in their comms were beyond terrible!


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    I always look at flying to anywhere fom the UK if it's mad expensive from here. A flight to the UK can be picked up cheaply and the connectivity to somewhere like London is excellent. You can get the times to match up well.
    The savings can make it worthwhile

    Absolutely, quite often we get ripped off for the Dub-UK element when booked through a travel agent or airline.

    Just give yourself enough time between flights as if you miss the connection as you won't be on a through ticket you will be out of pocket.


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    cdeb wrote: »
    Really good post in fairness.

    Don't airlines have algorithms built into their websites to increase cost at times of high demand? I wonder did WowAir going bust spark a lot of people to start looking at IcelandAir, and caused the algorithms to go a bit haywire?

    Most definitely. Theres a whole business in it, which is rapidly evolving. Coming soon - target pricing based on demographic information


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